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Gender and Sexuality History Workshop

Graduate History Workshop


This Graduate Workshop is a well-established forum of all those interested in the historical dimensions of gender, sexuality, feminism and masculinity. We encourage submissions from Masters and PhD students, as well as early career researchers, working on gender and sexuality (broadly defined) from any time period.

Although gender and sexuality are the overriding themes of the workshop, we welcome submissions that consider how these themes can be applied to a broader range of historical events, periods, mentalités, people or processes. Most of those who attend the workshop regularly do not necessarily consider themselves gender scholars, but have nevertheless welcomed the opportunity that the workshop provides to consider the historical role that gender can play in even the seemingly unlikeliest of situations. 

The workshop provides an opportunity to present finished or work-in-progress research to a friendly and supportive audience of your peers. Papers are likely to be 20-30 minutes in length, but we welcome submissions for longer formats or shorter paired papers for panel discussion. The format and length are flexible and the paper can be given in the manner that best suits the presenter’s material with discussion to follow.

Workshops take place in the Walters Room, Old Court, Selwyn College unless otherwise stated. Workshops begin at 5pm and always last one hour. All welcome. Refreshments will be served during the Q&A, and after the workshop we will continue our discussions in the Selwyn College bar.


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Michaelmas Term 2018: 

Loizos Kapsalis, King’s College, London - 09/10/18

  Gender, Sexuality and the Regulation of Prostitution in British   Colonial Cyprus (1878-1914).

Sasha Rasmussen, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford – 16/10 *(Kathleen Lyttleton Room)*

  The Ladies’ Paradise: shopping for pleasure and the haptics of   modern femininity.

Teresa Bernardi, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa – 23/10

  Women’s Mobility and Practices of Identification in Early Modern   Venice.

Katie Jones, University of Birmingham – 06/11

  Family Planning Surveys and Male Attitudes to Contraception in   1970s and 1980s Britain.

Conor Heffernan, University College, Dublin – 13/11

  The Irish Sandow School: Physical Culture in Fine de Siècle Ireland.

Dyuti Chakravarty, University College, Dublin –   20/11  *(Kathleen Lyttleton Room)*

  “National Culture” and “Respectability” in Relation to   Contemporary Women’s Movements for “Bodily Autonomy” in   India and Ireland:  A Postcolonial Feminist Critique.

Dr Jane Traies, University of Sussex – 27/11

  Cambridge book launch of Now You See Me: Lesbian Life Stories.